Remembering Arsenio Rodríguez – Maestro de maestros

Rene Lopez pays tribute to Arsenio Rodríguez (Ignacio de Loyola Rodríguez Scull) born Güira de Macurijes, Matanzas, Cuba, August 30, 1911.

The Arsenio piece that Lopez refers to in his talk: “Yo Nací en África” (“I Was Born in Africa”)

A tasty instrumental version of “Bruca Manigua” recorded in 1963. Ffrom the album “La Magia de Rodríguez”

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Tito Puente and Charlie Palmieri en El Bronx

The music and narration tell the whole story.

What else can I add?

The only thing I can add is the location.

The playground of PS 130, Hewitt Place, Bronx.

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

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Jamming at “La Maganette”

From the YouTube collection of Neil Axelrod.

Beautiful footage from a wonderful time. Dave Valentin shines as host and leader of an impromptu flue summit.

Now out of business, La Maganette was a salsa magnet.

Here’s how New York Magazine described it:

Midtown’s kitschy old-Italian La Maganette (825 Third Avenue, at 50th Street) specializes in charanga, with performances by such … Read more

Ray Barretto – Canto Abacua – 1975

Filmed in 1975.

Ray Barretto with vocalists Humberto “Tito” Gómez and and Rubén Blades. Composition by Rubén Blades.

Posted to YouTube by Salserodel70.

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Lyrics:

Se escucha el sonar de tambores
Anuncian la misa pa’l que tenga fe
Y en medio de la noche oscura
Avanzan los fieles con rumbo al bemb

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Son in Havana 1928-30

Imagine being able to go back in time and actually SEE classic Son ensembles of the 1920s perform in Havana.

Thanks to an unexpected discovery hidden in the archives of the University of South Carolina’s Moving Image Research Collections you can do that now.

Ensembles like this are the root of everything.

In the late 1930s, they evolved into … Read more